Darrelle Revis spent his first six seasons with the New York Jets, largely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL. Revis was selected to five Pro Bowls and named All-Pro three times, while earning the nickname, “Revis Island,” due to the lonely feeling (and lack of catches) wide receivers felt when matched up against Revis.
Early Years & College
Revis was born in Aliquippa, Penn., on July 14, 1985. Revis was a three-sport star at Aliquippa -- in football, basketball and track, where he claimed state football and basketball titles, as well as recording the most interceptions for any cornerback. After graduating, Revis, with basketball and football scholarships on the table, attended the University of Pittsburgh. His 73-yard punt return in the Backyard Brawl, against West Virginia, earned him national accolades, and Revis was a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award and Jim Thorpe Award.
New York Jets
Revis, a first round pick (14th overall), burst on the scene in 2007 and lived up to all the hype. He started all 16 games in 2007 and intercepted a pass in the 2008 season opener, with five seconds left, to secure a Jets’ win. Known for his physical play (and bravado), Revis is a legitimate shutdown corner, changing sides to make sure he’s always matched up against the best wide receiver on the other team. In six seasons in New York, Revis only recorded 19 interceptions, but teams rarely threw at his side, as he routinely held division rivals, like Randy Moss, in check. In 2010, he sat out the entire preseason as he lobbied for a new contract, finally getting one and leading the Jets to their second straight AFC Championship Game. After a tumultuous 2011 – fueled by reports of a fractured locker room – Revis once again positioned himself for a new contract in 2012. However, a torn ACL ended his season prematurely and the Jets traded him after the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With questions surrounding the health of his injured knee, Revis worked out for the Buccaneers and was impressive enough to earn a six-year, $96 million deal, the highest contract ever doled out to an NFL defensive back. Despite making the Pro Bowl, breaking up 11 passes and making two interceptions, the Buccaneers decided they couldn’t afford Revis and let him become an unrestricted free agent.
New England Patriots
Hours after being released by Tampa Bay, Revis inked a two-year deal worth a reported $32 million with the New England Patriots. He’s reportedly having a strong minicamp in New England and will line up as a starting cornerback when the 2014 season begins.
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